What can I expect after a gastric bypass?
A gastric bypass has a big impact on your life. You have to eat differently and more consciously because your body can process and absorb less food. For example, you have to take extra vitamins every day after the stomach reduction. After the surgery, you must eat liquid or ground food for three weeks, so that the stitches in the stomach can heal well.
It is also important that you adjust your lifestyle. Only because of this will you permanently lose weight. Because of this weight loss you have fewer health problems. These can even disappear. Your quality of life will also greatly improve.
After the procedure, you can walk straight away and return home after an average of two days. A day after returning home you will be called by us to make an appointment for the first check. Furthermore, the dietary agreements must be clear, if that is not the case then we will gladly help you further. We are available by phone every day.
Two weeks after the procedure you have a check-up with the bariatric nurse.
After three months, six months, nine months and a year, you have re-checked the bariatric nurse in the practice of Diana Gabriels. It will always be examined which adaptation is needed.
If necessary, extra agreements are made with specific problems. After six months, we advise to prick blood at the GP. This to control the vitamins. This is then repeated at least once a year to check the nutritional and vitamin levels in the blood. If necessary, shortages will be started with additional medication.
From the first year after surgery, an inspection will take place twice a year for five years.
During the first two weeks, you should be more relaxed for a good wound healing. After these two weeks, if the wounds have recovered properly, you can do everything again.
It is then already important to get enough physical activity. This has a positive influence on the end result. By burning more calories, you lose more weight and stimulate the muscles. See which activities suit you and do what you like. Moving together often works motivating.
In any case, ensure that you get physical exercise for at least half an hour every day, such as swimming, walking, jogging and fitness. Even small changes make a lot of difference. Take for example the stairs instead of the elevator and walk (if possible) to appointments and shops. You can also park the car just a little further away.
Sports and exercise will ultimately have to become a logical and permanent part of your new way of life. That is healthier and it helps to keep your new weight stable. You get this better and easier for each other under supervision, by a movement therapist or in a group.